Operation School Bell®
Operation School Bell (OSB) provides needy and at-risk local elementary and middle school children with new clothing, personal care items, a $20 Payless shoe voucher and a new book.
2,370 children in eight area school districts received services though OSB during 2013-2014.
Over 21,000 children have been clothed over the last 22 years of OSB’s operation.
Over 85% of school counselors felt participation in the program had a positive effect on student confidence and behavior at school.
A teacher comment: "...this makes a tremendous impact on their lives...this helps them to be comfortable and confident students." Another teacher comment: "...this program has been helpful in boosting student confidence by decreasing the social issues related to wearing the right clothes."
A third grade student wrote this note to OSB, "I am in 3rd grade. Thank you for the clothes. The clothes fit on very well, and again thank you so much. PS - I realy like the red jacket I got..."
A counselor comment: "...students self-concept soars...even in the days ahead..."
"There are so many examples of how this experience has helped build self esteem and pride in our students..."